D-Fuse has expanded its line-up to now feature 6 products. The new fuss-free pop-up white softbox now comes in 3 different sizes with a recent addition of all-white-sided versions to allow additional spill.
We posted about the original D-Fuse a couple of months ago: it’s a neat little pop-up softbox designed for standard sized 1×1 LED panels.
This release was quickly followed by two others: a larger one for panels like the Litepanels Astra/Aputure Lightstorm, and a smaller one specifically for the popular & affordable Aputure Amaran panel.
As an owner of all three sizes of the D-Fuse, I’ve been relatively happy with them. Very quick to setup, offering an additional level of softness by diffusing & enlarging the light source, all without the addition of another lighting modifier on another stand.
The new D-Fuse boxes arrive with all white sides as opposed to the black ones found in the originals. This creates spill from the light that travels in multiple directions.
This extra spill can help you with ambient levels in low light environments. Since the light is less focused, you may lose a small amount of stop from the front, but depending on the situation it can be more effective at disguising the direction of the source more. This makes it a great tool for replicating practical lighting, or lighting subjects in dim studio setups.
The D-Fuse softboxes are a great alternative to conventional softboxes, much easier to build/pack down and much smaller when travelling. They attach using a set of 4 elasticated velcro tabs, making them fairly universal fitting to a variety of LED panels: just match the front face of your light with the opening of each D-Fuse box.
I would still not pick these over traditional flags, silks and frames, however. The general nature of a softbox is a softer but un-modifiable source. The former options allow you to enlarge in size, pull away or move closer to the light source or subject, and therefore offer much more control over lighting.
However, for compact, run n’ gun situations where another stand and modifier is not possible, these are a great option.
I use the Aputure Amaran D-Fuse box a fair bit for hair light setups. Flying a compact flag in small spaces is not always possible, so it’s nice to have a fuss-free lightweight option to bolt onto the front of the light itself.
The White-Sided D-Fuse boxes come in the same three sizes as the original line.
Kamerar has released an interesting product for getting a softer cast of light from your LED panels. The D-Fuse Softbox is a universal fitting pop-up diffusion box, currently suitable for 1X1 sized panels.
Introducing the D-Fuse Softbox
LED panels lights are great; they’re reasonably soft, cheap, light, cool running and variable in colour temperature.
With a bit of modification, they make a great key light; my Litepanels Astra 1×1 is my go-to quick setup key light with a silk flag in front.
Lighting modifiers like silk flags are fantastic; you have complete control over how it affects your light source by altering the distance/angle in relation to your lighting and subject.
However, it’s another bit of kit. Another light stand, meaning another spare hand required to move from location to location. When you’re working quickly, under the cosh and with a small/no crew, that extra bit of kit to lug will likely be the first thing you leave at home.
Enter the D-Fuse Softbox; it’s designed to be a fuss free lighting modifier that universally attaches to the front of your light, offering a decent off-the-lens-but-not-off-the-light diffusion to soften your light.
Resembling a reflector packed down, the D-Fuse Softbox is very compact when storing; you can just chuck it in your 1×1 bag without it adding much of a footprint to your kit bag.
It pops out in seconds, with a magnet hinge per corner adding to the quick setup. You then strap it to your light around the back with a few Velcro tabs.
Why Soft Light
Soft lights are much more pleasing on the face, blurring contrast lines as your cast wraps around the subject.
The larger the light source, the softer your light; therefore the closer your lighting modifier can be to your subject, the better*.
(*better when seeking a soft light)
That’s a reason why an independent lighting modifier (like a silk) works so well, but in situations where the additional kit is not feasible, something quick and bolt-on like this is an excellent substitute.
It also works better than just attaching diffusion directly to the lens of your light, as sitting off the glass gives the light space to disperse, plus the added surface area.
Please note, the original D-fuse does not fit the Litepanels Astra. For this light (or similar sized LED fixtures) seek the larger version, all sizes found below.
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